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The Seven Maccabees, their Mother Solomonia and Eleazar the Priest

The Seven Maccabees, their Mother Solomonia and Eleazar the PriestThey all suffered for the purity of the Israelite faith under King Antiochus, called by some "Epiphanes"- God manifest - and by others, "Epimanes" - mad. For the great sins of Jerusalem, and especially for the wresting-away of the high-priestly power and the wickedness that ensued, the Lord let loose great calamity on the Holy City. Antiochus desired after that to bring the Jews to idolatry in place of their faith in the one, living God, and did all he could to this end. He was helped in his intention by several disaffected high priests and elders of Jerusalem. The king once came himself to Jerusalem and commanded that all Jews eat pork, which was against the Law of Moses and was therefore a recognisable sign of apostasy from the Jewish faith. The elder Eleazar, a priest and one of the seventy translators of the Old Testament into Greek, refused to eat pork. He was therefore tortured and burned. Returning to Antioch, the king took the seven young men, the Maccabees, and their mother Solomonia (II Macc. 6:18-7:41). The seven Maccabean brothers were called: Avim, Antonius, Eleazar, Gurius, Eusebon, Achim and Marcellus. Before their mother"s eyes, the wicked king Tortured her sons one after the other, flaying the skin from their faces and then throwing them into the flames. They all endured torture and death with courage, remaining steadfast in their faith. Finally their mother, when she saw her three-year-old son in the fire, threw herself into the flames and perished, giving her soul into God"s hands. They all suffered with honour for their faith in the one, living God in about 167 B.C.

The Procession of the Precious Cross

This feast was established jointly by the Greeks and Russians in the time of the Greek Emperor Manuel and the Russian Prince Andrei, as a memorial of the simultaneous victories of the Russians over the Bulgars and the Greeks over the Saracens. In both battles, the soldiers carried crosses, from which a heavenly radiance shone forth, with the army. It was therefore instituted that, on August 1st, the Cross be carried from the Church of St Sophia, first around the interior of the church and then through the streets, to give the people the chance to venerate it, as a memorial of the miraculous help given by the Cross in earlier wars. This was not just any cross, but the true Precious Cross itself, which was kept in the church of the imperial court. On July 31st, the Precious Cross was taken from the imperial court to St Sophia"s, and thence carried through the streets, to consecrate the earth and the air. Finally, on August 14th, it was taken back to the church in the imperial palace.

The Nine Holy Martyrs: Leontius, Attus, Alexander, Cindeus, Mnesitheus, Cyriacus, Menaeus, Catunus and Eucieus

The first was a carpenter and the others workers on the land. For their bold confession of the Christian faith and for their destruction of the temple of Artemis, they were harshly tortured and beheaded in Perga of Pamphylia in the time of Diocletian, in about 300, and became inheritors of the Kingdom of Christ.

Martyr Eleazar

Saint Eleazar lived in the second century before Christ, and was a scribe. At the age of ninety he voluntarily endured torture and death rather than violate the Law of God by eating swine’s flesh. By suffering death for the Law of Moses, he left young men, and the whole nation, an example of virtue and courage. The story of Eleazar is found in II Maccabees, chapter 6.

Martyr Cyricus



St. Timothy the Wonderworker, archbishop of Priconissus of Peloponnesus



Martyr Theodore



Martyrs Menas, Menais, and others of England



Martyr Polyeuctus



Martyr Papas the New



Martyr Elessa of Cythera

Martyr Elessa of Cythera

August 2013
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    Blessed Romanus, prince of Ryazan (1270)
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St. Ilia the Righteous
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New Hieromartyrs Simo Banjac and Milan Stojisavljevic and his son Martyr Milan of Glamoc, Serbia (1941-1945)
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The Holy Martyr Marcella
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Hieromartyr Apollinaris, bishop of Ravenna (75)
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Holy Martyrs and Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb of Russia
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New Hieromartyrs Vukosav Milanovic and Rodoljub Samardzic of Kulen Bakufa, Serbia (1941-1945)
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Venerable Ignatius, monk, of Mt. Stirion
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St. Ioasaph, metropolitan of Moscow (1555)
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Venerable George of Mt. Athos, the Builder (1029)
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Venerables Constantine and Cosmas, abbots of Kosinsk (Pskov) (13th c.)
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Prince Tsotne Dadiani, the Confessor of Mingrelia (13th c.)
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St Arsenius the Bishop of Ninotsminda
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Martyr Elessa of Cythera
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New Martyr Theodore of the Dardanelles (1690)
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Nine Kherkheulidze brothers, their mother and sister, and 9,000 others, who suffered on the field of Marabde, Georgia (1625)
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New Martyr Chrestos of Preveza (1668)
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Martyrs Cantidius, Cantidian and Sibelius (Sobel), of Egypt
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New Martyr Abbacum of Thessalonica (1628)
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Holy Ten Thousand Ascetics of Thebes
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Venerable Gregory, iconographer of the Kiev Caves (12th c.)
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Venerable Macarius, abbot of Oredezh (1532)
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Blessed Laurence, fool-for-Christ at Kaluga (1515)
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New Martyrs Anastasius of Asomaton in Asia Minor and Demetrius of Lesbos (1816)
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Monk-martyrs Gerontius, Serapion, Germanus, Bessarion, Michael, and Simeon of Garesja, slain by the Lekians (1851)
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Venerable Abba Dorotheos of Gaza
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Translation of the relics of Venerable Theodosius of the Kiev Caves (1091)
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Reverence list of the Dormition Icon of the Mother of God
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Holy Martyr Kristepore Guruli
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St. Tbeli Abuseridze of Khikhuni, Adjara (13th c.)
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St. Christodoulos the Philosopher, called the Ossetian, of Georgia (12th c.)
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Moon phases for August , 2013 (Serbia)
06 Aug 2013 New Moon
14 Aug 2013 First Quarter
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